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Wellbeing for councillors: keeping safe and happy this autumn

As a busy autumn approaches with party conferences or a potential General Election on the horizon, politicians are under more scrutiny in the public eye than usual. This can add to the normal stress of local government, so councillors should give themselves some extra self-care and support. We have some resources to help.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post

LGiU Response – Spending Round 2019 

LGiU’s Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West responds to the UK Government’s spending round. “This Spending Round provides funds for services. And while that is better than not funding services it is not as good as funding local government.”

England & Wales Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly 30th August – Community action…in action

A thriving community is what everyone in local government aspires to create and that’s exactly what Ingrid found in the beautiful Welsh town of Llandrindod Wells. Hear about the community orchard run by Transition Llandrindod, the life of a Town Crier, the Victorian Festival and how to run a community cafe. We also discuss the turbulent national…

England & Wales, Global Blog Post, Podcast

Viewpoint: Building the smarter state

Georgina Maratheftis, Head of Programme – Local Public Services at TechUK writes about the Building the Smarter State Conference – free for the public sector to attend. TechUK and LGiU have also partnered on a series of roundtables on children’s services and technology. We are looking for additional public sector case studies for a forthcoming…

England & Wales Blog Post

HCLG Committee finance report informed by LGiU recommendations

Through LGiU’s engagement with the HCLG Select Committee’s recent inquiry into the future of local government finance, we are delighted that the priorities and opinions of our local authority members have been reflected in the Committee’s recommendations to Government.

England & Wales Blog Post

Oxford’s citizens’ assembly on climate change

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, spoke to LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler recently for the LGiU Fortnightly episode on climate emergency in local government. To provide a little bit more information about the citizens’ assembly, Oxford City Council has provided a FAQ:

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post

LGiU Fortnightly 16th August – Climate emergency in local government

With councils across the country declaring climate emergencies, we ask a couple of them what this really means for the way they work. Cllr Kevin Maguire, Cabinet Member for Environment in Norwich City Council, [12:30] describes their approach to integrating environmental with social and economic outcomes, and Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council,…

England & Wales, Global Blog Post, Podcast